In speaking with several of the area biologists, this closure is based almost entirely on "reports from unsuccessful hunters that there is very little sign of deer near the Juneau road system and on the northern coast of Admiralty Island."
What I'm wondering is: how come the whole area gets shut down just because a few hunters didn't see much of anything? How many areas have ADF&G biologists looked at? Why haven't they taken into account any of the reports of huge clusters of animals a bit farther south? I guess I don't know enough about the in-season management practices anymore. It used to be that in-season closures were based on actual census counts and biological data, not just the word of some unlucky hunters.